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Vysteria (Single)

by Night Demon

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The Vysteria single marks Night Demon’s fourth 7” vinyl release of 2020. The song title is a fictitious word conjured by the band’s own darkened fertile imagination. It is defined as “exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement incited by the media, especially among a group of people during a pandemic.” Lyrically, the song is a clear-eyed, unflinching examination of what life has become during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. “Vysteria” is not a political statement for these emotionally charged times; however, it does single out for critical scrutiny the mass media’s role in igniting, fueling and exacerbating the virus-related fears that have gripped so many from all different walks of life, socioeconomic statuses, and cultural backgrounds. The band penned this song in late March 2020, and ensuing events have only served to reinforce and validate their observations.
Musically, “Vysteria” is as savage, hard-charging and relentlessly uncompromising as anything in Night Demon’s catalog. It has to be, really. The song channels all of our collective anger and frustration with the present state of affairs into a mighty roar, a cathartic primal scream from the rooftops.

As a special treat, the 7” vinyl version of the song features an exclusive mix by legendary producer Randy Burns, whose credits include Megadeth Peace Sells … But Who’s Buying?, as well as thrashterpieces by Possessed, Nuclear Assault, Dark Angel, Kreator and Death, among others. The Randy Burns vinyl mix is completely different than that featured on the digital / video version of “Vysteria,” which was mixed by Kurt Ballou, guitarist of seminal hardcore punk pioneers Converge. The vinyl also includes a highly prized B-side, in the form of a live rendition of Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years.” Although “Wasted Years” has sporadically been featured as an electrifying encore to Night Demon’s live performances, this version holds particular significance for die-hard fans. You see, this recording is the lone previously unreleased track from the band’s historic set at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio on December 2, 2017, which became the acclaimed triple-live opus Live Darkness. “Wasted Years” was Night Demon’s final encore on that magical winter’s night, and the Vysteria 7” vinyl is the only place where it can be re-lived in all of its unvarnished glory.

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NOBODY IS SAFE
THE VIRUS HAS NO PREDJUDICE
NO BLACK OR WHITE
THE RICH AMONG THE POOR

INFECTED
WATCH THE NUMBERS RISE
PROTECTED FROM NOTHING

DESTROY THE FEAR INSIDE
ITS ONLY THEN YOU REALIZE
ITS A WAR IN DISGUISE
VYSTERIA

SOCIETY IS CLOSED
COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY
ISOLATE
CANCEL YOUR LIFE

PANDEMIC
STAY AWAY FROM ME
EPIDEMIC
OF YOUR MIND

DESTROY THE FEAR INSIDE
ITS ONLY THEN YOU REALIZE
WE'RE DEHUMANIZED
VYSTERIA

IS IT THE END OF THE WORLD OR THE THINNING OF THE HERD

DESTROY THE FEAR INSIDE
ITS ONLY THEN YOU REALIZE
YOUR FREEDOM DIES
BY
VYSTERIA

VYSTERIA

VYSTERIA

DIE!

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released July 3, 2020
JARVIS LEATHERBY - LEAD BASS/LEAD VOCALS
DUSTY SQUIRES - DRUMS/BACKING VOCALS
ARMAND JOHN ANTHONY - LEAD GUITAR/BACKING VOCALS

PRODUCED BY: NIGHT DEMON
ENGINEERED AND MASTERED BY: ARMAND JOHN ANTHONY
MIXED BY: KURT BALLOU
ARTWORK BY: ROSS EWAGE

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Night Demon Ventura, California

From out of the darkness comes a new EP to sear your soul, “Night Demon”, by the band Night Demon hailing from Ventura, California. A self-titled debut from a terrific 3-piece that will remind you of everything great about Heavy Metal in the early 80s.

Night Demon encompasses the best about that era, but they bring the genre into the modern day with ease.

-Ken Frazier-
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